Durham Magazine February/March 2022

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Target RWE appointed Derek Evans as president of the real-world evidence solutions company. Evans most recently was the general manager of decision analytics and innovation at Change Healthcare, and he brings more than 25 years of experience in health care and technology fields to the role. Target RWE strives to bring innovations to the health care industry using real-world data, novel analytics and unique technology to improve patient outcomes. Mariah Eckhardt was named the vice president and general manager of Burt’s Bees. Eckhardt was previously the vice president of marketing for The Clorox Company, which purchased the Durham-based cosmetics company in 2008. Eckhardt stepped into the role after Burt’s Bees’ previous leader, Matt Gregory, became senior vice president and chief customer officer at Clorox in October 2021. Burt’s Bees also promoted Gloria Brown to plant manager of its manufacturing facility. Brown previously served as the assistant





plant manager and began working for the cosmetics company in 2018 as a senior project manager at the manufacturing plant. Lawrence Trachtman announced his retirement after five years as development director of PHOTO BY MEGAN OCAMPO the Lincoln Community Health Center and Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation, effective Dec. 31. “I will use my newfound time to relax and reenergize as I plan for what lies ahead,” Trachtman said in a statement. Throughout his career, Trachtman served as a senior project manager for Duke Clinical Research Institute and a grants officer for UNC REX Healthcare. Dr. Stephen Friedhoff was named senior vice president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. In this role, he will facilitate relationships with health care providers, medical policy and care management, among other duties, and lead Blue Cross’ health care division. Dr. Friedhoff brings more than

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20 years of experience as an administrative PHOTO COURTESY OF DURHAM TECHNICAL leader and primary COMMUNITY COLLEGE care physician and previously worked for more than enrolled in Durham Tech STEM 10 years at Anthem Blue Cross programs. Summer participants and Blue Shield as a national chief can also apply to take part in clinical officer, among other roles. a two- to eight-week scientific research project led by graduate NEW ON THE SCENE and postdoctoral students. Durham Technical Community College has worked with the City Google opened its new Google of Durham, the Durham County Cloud office at 200 Morris St. in Emergency Communications the Durham Innovation District Center and the Orange County on Jan. 11. 911 Telecommunications Division to establish a 911 dispatcher PARTNERSHIPS, training academy. The course ACQUISITIONS & aims to mitigate shortages MERGERS of employees at emergency Durham-based Bioventus, a call centers and create a leader in innovations for active comprehensive, centralized healing, finalized its acquisition training program for dispatchers of Misonix, a New York-based who will go on to work at these provider of minimally invasive individual institutions. Justin therapeutic ultrasound Long, Durham Tech dean of technologies and regenerative human services and public safety, medicine. The acquisition said the course will likely take is expected to significantly eight weeks and be offered yearbroaden the commercial reach round, beginning in spring 2022. and revenue of Bioventus while also furthering the use of its new A project-enhanced active platform to facilitate ultrasonic learning program at Durham Tech procedures and devices used for will launch this spring, funded treating wounds. by a $25,000 Ribbon of Hope grant from the North Carolina Kriya Therapeutics, a fully GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. integrated gene therapy With a semester and summer company based in both California class option, led by professor and Research Triangle Park, Kathy Zarilla, the classes will announced the acquisition of focus on hands-on learning in lab startup Warden Bio on Jan. 7. settings, improving lab skills and Kriya will hold exclusive rights exploring STEM career options to Warden Bio’s five preclinical to support students of color gene therapies targeted toward